Category Archives: New Evangelization

Sing We Noel — Let the Christmas Carol Insurgency Continue! (Video)

The word “mob” gets a bad rap, since when large groups of people suddenly coalesce in a public space, unfortunate things often happen. But in the case of a musical or dance or theater flash mob, the result can be lovely. In a world stripped of the sacred and starved for real beauty, the ongoing [...]

Must-See: Breathtaking Online Exhibit of the Virgin Mary in Art

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is currently hosting an exhibit of artwork depicting the Virgin Mary from several famous Renaissance and Baroque artists. The exhibit is called Picturing Mary:  Woman, Mother, Idea, and runs from Dec. 5, 2014 to Apr. 12, 2015.  If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, this might [...]

How Many Confessions Can 30 Priests Hear in 12 Hours?

The answer to that question just happened in Mexico City on November 29. At the invitation of Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, and in preparation for Advent, over 5,000 people went to confession in a single twelve-hour period at the Cathedral of Mexico City. Some penitents stood in line for up to four hours to receive [...]

Father Larry Richards Defends the Pope

“Ok, I have had it.” Father Larry Richards wrote on his Facebook page on Oct 28. There followed the first strong words of a defense of the Pope that reached a high point yesterday (Nov. 9). Father Richards is the Erie, Pa., priest who first gained national attention for his inspiring talks on confession. Anyone [...]

What is the oldest Catholic church in the United States?

It’s older than the oldest Puritan meetinghouse in Massachusetts.  It’s older than the oldest Episcopalian chapel in Jamestown, Virginia.  In fact, it’s the oldest American church of any denomination, period. It’s the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Founded in 1610, ten years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, the San Miguel [...]

Or Just Don’t Get Divorced

One of the dynamics that emerged during the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family was the apparent competition between two views of the marriage crisis and what was needed to address it. On the one hand, there was the view that the primary issue confronting the Church when it comes to marriage is the subset [...]

Chicago’s New Evangelization

In Chicago, there’s a new man in town: Archbishop Elect Blase Cupich. Since the announcement of his appointment to succeed Francis Cardinal George, American Catholics have been buzzing about him almost non-stop. Some have called him America’s Pope Francis. While he has created a veritable storm of media excitement, he’s also gotten Catholics thinking and talking about the future [...]

At Synod14, the Pope Has the Last Word

      The just-concluded Synod on the Family at the Vatican has proven to be as contentious and fraught with drama as any large family gathering, complete with squabbles, loose talk and finger-pointing (mostly from the Synod’s chattiest and most self-aggrandizing attendee, Germany’s Cardinal Kasper) not to mention questionable reporting, some sensible opining and a [...]

Who is Trying to Rig Synod14?

I ask the question in my headline because of reports like this from Edward Pentin in the National  Catholic  Register: “More and more there is talk in Rome that this synod is being engineered by groups intent on steering the Church in a heterodox direction, and increasingly evidence is coming to light that points to it. The first [...]

What the Synod Relatio Didn’t Say (And How It Didn’t Say It)

Once again, the Vatican has tripped over the English language and landed in a heap of trouble. Late in 2013, I posted a pair of articles at Breitbart.com dealing with issues surrounding the Vatican’s official English-language translation of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Click here and here for them, [...]


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